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Out There: Chicken heads, french fries, Spam, door handles & other great fish baits

Chicken heads & Spam: When it comes to good fish bait, remember the old saying, "Don't knock it till you've tried it."

Updated: May 7, 2004, 12:48 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

It was, to say the least, an unusual conversation.

"Senor, my American friend is willing to pay 50 American dollars for 10 chicken heads. Do you have any?"

"A jaguar has eaten all my chickens, sir. However, I can sell you the head from a young squirrel monkey I had for breakfast this morning. It is quite fresh, I assure you."

"Fresh or not, a monkey's head is poor bait for the giant catfish we are seeking. Perhaps if you had the whole monkey, we would consider it."

"Alas, ...

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